A painter of landscape and genre scenes of the Rocky Mountains and Plains states, Charles Fritz was born and raised in Mason City, Iowa. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University. However, his attention turned towards the artistic, and he now paints from his home in Billings, Montana.
In 1993, Fritz won the prestigious Lee M. Loeb Memorial Award for landscape painting. In 1995, the Denver Art Museum purchased one of his works for its permanent collection. Fritz has won Best of Show from the Salmagundi Club in New York City and is a three-time Best of Show winner at the C.M. Russell Art Show and Auction. At the 2002 C.M. Russell Show, one of his works sold at a record price for a living artist at the auction.
His work can be found in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the C.M. Russell Museum, and the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Fritz is also included annually in such exhibits as the Artists of America show in Denver, Colorado, the Museum of North American Wildlife, the Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico, the Gilcrease Museum and the Prix de West Show at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Fritz is currently working on a large Lewis and Clark exhibition, which will tour the country during the bicentennial from 2003-2006.
Reference: http://inst.augie.edu, Montana Living, www.meadowlarkgallery.com